The girls basketball season in Hillsborough County officially kicks off Monday night with a pair of games – Tampa Catholic at George Jenkins and East Bay at Robinson.
As the season begins, one of the teams to watch this year is East Bay. Led by senior Shytina Harley, a Times All-Hillsborough County second-team selection last season, the Indians will compete in a tough Class 5A-8 that includes Tampa Bay Tech and Armwood, both playoff teams last year.
The Indians won the DeLand Preseason Tournament last week, beating host DeLand (a defending district champ in 6A), 38-26, and defending Class 1A state qualifier Deltona Trinity Christian, 45-28.
Harley, who has receiver recruiting attention from UT, UNF and East Tennessee State, scored double doubles in both games. She tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks against DeLand and scored 22 against Trinity Christian with 12 rebound and 2 blocks.
Factor in the addition of 6-foot sophomore Jasmine Queen and 6-foot-4 freshman Jalisa Rivers to go with the 6-foot Harley, who averaged 14.6 points 12 rebounds a game, and East Bay might have one of the tallest front lines in the area. Last year’s 14-11 team lost five games by three points or less.